Badge Number: A21
End Of Watch:
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Cause of Death:
Steven Edward May was born on July 14, 1956 at Children's Hospital in Modesto. He began his career in law enforcement in October of 1976 with the Escalon Police Department. In 1977 he joined the Ceres Police Department and on February 6, 1979 joined the Modesto Police Department at the age of 23.
Steve was promoted to Sergeant in September 1994. He was passionate about reducing gang violence in our community. He dedicated the majority of his career to gang supression and investigations of violent crimes committed by gang members. Steve understood the importance of focusing on intervention and prevention in the reduction of gang violence. His unique approach to gangs laid the foundation for today's current efforts. Steve was an inspiration to many and a true leader who will always be greatly admired.
On July 29, 2002 Sgt. May suffered major injuries in a vehicle collision during a high-speed pursuit through Modesto's airport neighborhood. Throughout his time in the hospital his wife and kids remained steadfast at his side everyday until he passed away on July 23, 2009 in the same hospital he was born in after 24 years of dedicated service protecting the community in the City of Modesto.
Steve had a creed that he lived by and would pass along to his fellow officers. When they would question if something they should do was right or wrong, he would tell them to ask themselves this; Is it ethically, morally, or legally right to do? Steve said, "If you can answer ‘Yes,’ to all three of those, you'll probably be okay."
Steve will always live on in the hearts of his family, friends, and the legacy he left at the Modesto Police Department. Our agency is forever thankful for the dedication, service, and sacrifice of Sgt. Steve May.
Steve is at rest at Lakewood Memorial Park, Pioneer Garden, Section 32N / 24W, Site E2.
Sergeant May is honored at the National Peace Officer Memorial in Washington, D.C., Panel 58-W, Line 27.